Two possible stategies Since leaving Iraq isn't a viable option (unless you want the Taliban and Iran to take over the entire middle east), here's two possible strategies for Iraq. 1. Pull all coalition troops out of their current assignments and station them on the Iraqi border. If necessary, push in 10-20 miles for a buffer zone. Use the coalition to ensure that the Iraq border is so tightly secured that a gnat couldnt' fart without us knowing about it. While we prevent any more foreign terrorists from coming in the Iraqis clean house on their own. We can still supply a small number of SF observers to assist in the planning. The Iraqis themselves do all the bloody work. When that's done, we move on to the next theater in the war. 2. We do to Baghdad what we did in Fallujah. If it looks, walks, smells or acts like the enemy - we kill it. We stop being so worried about accidently killing innocents - there are none when they're harboring terrorists. This tears the heart out of Baghdad but we will make damned sure there are no terrorists left alive. Then we move out and let the Iraqi government take control again. Then we move on through every single terrorist stronghold one at a time until there are none left alive. When that's done, we move on to the next theater in the war. If you had to choose between those two options, which would it be? I'd choose #1. This falls in with my desire to help others help themselves. We give them the guarantee that there are no more enemies coming in. But they have to kill those already inside by themselves. They'll either be wildly successful or get their arses kicked. If they get their arses kicked, the good thing is there are no more coming in. The Iraqis can get their **** back together and go back in and do the job right. This guarantees they've earned their freedom. They've earned the right to say they did it themselves. All we did was give them the space to do it. Along with that, their army will become combat hardened. This makes them that much nastier when they join us in the fight against Iran. And maybe, just maybe, Persia can be reborn as the once great nation that it once was.